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Are you ready to get your taste buds tingling with joy?
Join me to explore mindful tasting and cooking practices that enhance your eating pleasure, one bite at a time.
Taste with all your senses, explore flavours that make you feel good, and discover the delight of creating and eating nourishing food made with everyday ingredients.
We're so often rushing around and 'multi-tasking' that we forget to actually taste when we're eating - or get stuck in a rut of same old, same old dishes. Somewhere along the line lots of us have lost our intuition for eating in a way that tastes and makes us feel good!
The Joy Of Eating contains small, manageable daily practices for busy people like you that will help maximise your tasting pleasure (it may also contain nuts! Oh, and a little dark chocolate...).
Over the 4 week programme, you'll plot your own flavour adventure, starting with the basics of tasting all the way through to creating your own delicious dishes, and eating these in a more aware way.
This is not about telling what you should and shouldn't eat, or a strict dietary plan, but about exploring a range of foods and flavours in a more conscious - and delicious - way. It's not about being 'perfect', but about the pleasure of paying just a little more attention.
- experience the deliciousness of using all your senses to taste (rather than just eat!) food
- build your own repertoire of mindful moments to help you enjoy eating even more
- discover foods & flavours that taste and make you feel good - plus tips for including them in your daily dishes
What will I discover in The Joy Of Eating?
Week 1: Start where you are – and re-introduce yourself to your senses
You'll start with setting your own personal goals and some daily practices to help you focus. During the first week I'll also introduce you to the basics of engaging the senses in tasting (and why it's worth doing!).
Module 1: Setting the foundation
Module 2: Engaging the senses
Expert Interview: Taste - a multi-sensory experience
Week 2: Learning to taste again – with a little cooking along the way
Start to deepen your connection with the senses, exploring the importance of texture and the uplifting power of aroma. You'll also get creative with putting together your own coloured-filled dishes.
Module 1: Exploring texture & aroma
Module 2: Eating the rainbow
Expert Interview: Creating a vibrant plate
Week 3: Look & taste again – the delight of everyday ingredients & uplifting flavours
You don't need expensive ingredients to create delicious food: celebrate store cupboard and seasonal essentials, and get creative combining tastes & flavours (including ways to use flavours to get you out of a cooking humdrum).
Module 1: Discover the delight of the everyday
Module 2: Try something new
Expert Interview: The joy of vegetables
Week 4: Building consciousness & connectedness - the mindful meal
Define your own sense of 'conscious eating': eat in a way that makes you feel good and experience the delight of a fully mindful meal.
Module 1: What is conscious eating
Module 2: A fully mindful meal
Expert Interview: Trust your gut
The expert interviewees include a wonderful range of women with some fascinating perspectives on food and eating:
- the delicious, nutritious ladies at Fig & Bloom
- multi-sensory adventurer Natasha Blok
- the delightful Stephanie of This Is Helpings (your go-to lady for a dose of Finnish wellbeing)
- bubbly vegetable lover and part-time nurse, Lorna of Eat Myyy Thoughts
For a little sneak preview of Week 1 check out the below!
BONUS CONTENT - in this future will be part of a VIP package, but for the launch of The Joy Of Eating the below is included for everyone
Hi, I'm Meredith and I'm a big food and flavour lover (especially if it involves dark chocolate). I set up my business, Food At Heart, for people like me who enjoy experimenting with recipes and new flavours, but also want to pursue a more conscious way of living and eating.
Some of my earliest memories are of leaning over a mixing bowl with my mum. Since then, food and cooking has been such an important part of life. But it wasn’t all mixing bowls and cookery books. My career spans market research, marketing, music and e-commerce. This included a fair chunk of time managing training & development, designing events and running workshops.
What kept me going over the years in my 'normal' work was a love of flavour and cooking; it was an important creative outlet and a way of relieving stress.
A couple of years ago, some digestive issues made me realise I needed to press the pause button. I had to pay attention to my eating and life in a whole new way. An opportunity came to take a leap out of corporate life. From this leap, Food At Heart was born. I now run cooking and tasting events that give people a little time out to taste with more attention, and create delicious and nourishing food (from salad to dark chocolate!).
Some nice things people have said about my Food At Heart cooking workshops...
"You reminded me to pay more attention to the experience I was having, through being mindful.
It’s too easy to rush, and forget how much there is to enjoy from experiencing good food.”
“I loved it. It has made me feel inspired to cook (I don’t usually cook!!).
I found it to be a calming and very satisfying experience.”
“The evening really brought my team together in a whole new way.
It was a great combination of reflection and fun; we’ve even used some of the principles back in the office.”
This course is for you if:
- you're a busy person who needs manageable tips for eating in a more pleasurable and calm way
- you inhale your food without taking a breath and would like to start breaking a cycle of mindless eating
- you think creating delicious meals means buying faddy and expensive ingredients (it doesn’t need to!)
- you want to get more confident with how you can use everyday foods and interesting flavours to spice up your dishes and get you out of cooking humdrum
- you'd like to explore foods and flavours that you truly enjoy and make you feel good
- you’ve always dreamed of being a chocolate fairy – okay maybe this one is my secret dream, but all other wannabe chocolate fairies are welcome!